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Energy Food and Drink

You're going to need adequate fuel and hydration for your running and trail adventures. Here you can find the best-rated energy gels, chews, and bars, plus electrolyte, hydration, and recovery drinks in enough flavors and forms to please any palette (just be sure to give any a trial run before that big race).

Want more food for longer outdoor adventures? Check out our full independent reviews and ratings of trail and backcountry food and drink, including meals, desserts, coffee, and more.

The best energy food and drink, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 2, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nuun Active Hydration Tablets Drink
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Honey Stinger Energy Waffle Nutrition Bar
$1 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$2 - $32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix Drink
$1 - $22
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Clif Shot Gel/Chew
$1 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews Gel/Chew
$3 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kate's Real Food Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tram Bar Nutrition Bar
$3 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Mini Waffles Nutrition Bar
$6 - $7
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Clif Shot Bloks Gel/Chew
$2 - $25
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GU Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$1 - $36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UnTapped Gels Gel/Chew
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar Nutrition Bar
$2 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Honey Stinger Cracker Bar with Protein Nutrition Bar
$36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exo Cricket Energy Bar Nutrition Bar
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Clif Bar Nutrition Bar
$1 - $17
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$3 - $60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Gatorade Propel Powder Pack Drink
$6
Tailwind Rebuild Drink
$3
Kate's Real Food Mango Coconut Tiki Bar Nutrition Bar
$15
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink Drink
$3 - $32
Kate's Real Food Dark Chocolate Cherry & Almond Handle Bar Nutrition Bar
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Clif Chocolate Brownie Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
A3 Honey Graham S'mores Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Hammer Gel Gel/Chew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alacer Emergen-C Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hotshot Sports Shot Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mariani Cranberry Honeybar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kind Nuts & Spices Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Huma Chia Energy Gel Gel/Chew
$2 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clif Kit's Organic Fruit & Nut Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 500ml Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Apple Pie Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nestle NIDO Dry Whole Milk Drink
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix Drink
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Clif Berry Pomegranate Chia Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Larabar Cashew Cookie Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zipfizz Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GU Electrolyte Brew Tablets Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nuun U Natural Hydration Tablets Drink
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ProBar Old School PB&J Bar Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salazon Chocolate Organic Dark Chocolate with Natural Sea Salt Nutrition Bar
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Clif Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Nutrition Bar
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gnarly Nutrition Hydrate Drink
$27 MSRP
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Recent Food/Drink Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Gnarly Nutrition Hydrate

Gnarly Nutrition's Hydrate solutions is the perfect companion for outdoor athletes. It's designed with electrolytes and B vitamins to support hydration and energy. Athletes have been known to sweat anywhere between 0.8 and 1.4 liters per hour. The exertion and physical activity stresses the body out, ultimately building strength and endurance. But it's very easy to become dehydrated if you're not careful to replenish the fluids that you lose during each activity. Gnarly Nutrition's Hydrate mix is… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Kate's Real Food Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tram Bar

Kate's Real Food bars are among my favorite bars and the Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tram Bar is the original. The bars come in eight tasty flavors—from classic combos like peanut butter and chocolate to lemon coconut and ginger—with clever names. The bars are made with organic, whole food ingredients, and are a standard size—easy to stow away in a backpack or pocket for snack time outdoors. I eat them skiing, hiking, and camping year-round.   Kate's Flavors Kate's Real Food bars come in… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Gatorade Propel Powder Pack

Propel is an electrolyte beverage that comes in a 2.4 gram pouch. It's a zero calorie drink. It comes in three flavors. I chose the grape.   Propel electrolyte replacement pouches you just add to your water bottle. During the summer and spring I watch electrolytes like most hikers. I found that I wanted less sugar in my drinks. I was recommended Propel and it was easy to find at my grocers. You find it where Gatorade is sold. My store runs a pretty good sale on two boxes. It's recommended to… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Honey Stinger Cracker Bar with Protein

Honey Stinger's Cracker Bars are among my favorite bars for ski trips, hiking, and outdoor snacking. Available in two tasty flavors—Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate—they're made with organic sea salt multigrain crackers sandwiching a layer of organic peanut butter, sweetened with organic honey, and covered in organic milk or dark chocolate. All together it's a crunchy, sweet and salty combo that I find a welcome alternative to the typical dense energy bars available. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Exo Cricket Energy Bar

Six-legged creatures have never tasted so good! The Blueberry Vanilla EXO Cricket Energy Bar is an energy bar made using cricket powder as the basic protein source. In addition to ground-up crickets, these energy bars are also made from a lot of good healthy ingredients like almonds, apricots, blueberries, and a bunch of other ingredients that you can read, pronounce, and already have a good idea of what they are. These energy bars taste good and have a nice consistency and make them a great option… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
SaltStick Elixalyte

SaltStick's Elixalyte electrolytes make the hydration process simple and easy. Rather than running into issues with cramping and heat stress, you can incorporate a few drops of this concoction into your fluids to prevent these issues. Nobody likes their hike to be interrupted by heat stress and cramps. But finding ways to incorporate electrolytes into your day can help reduce these issues. Luckily, SaltStick's Elixalyte gives athletes easy access to a clean and balanced electrolyte formula during… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Huel Bar

Complete nutrition at your fingertips. Nutritious, durable food that can either supplement your meals or completely replace them. I ate more than 40 of these bars during the test so I've learned a little bit about them! About: “Simply put, Huel is food, with just the right amount of protein, essential fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to fuel your day without weighing you down. Better yet, Huel is vegan, lactose-free, soy-free, GMO-free, and approved by a team of Registered Dietitians. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Honey Stinger Mini Waffles

Honey Stinger took its popular—and tasty—organic waffles and shrunk them down into a mini snack size in a convenient, resealable bag. Mini Waffles come in honey or vanilla flavor and provide the same fuel and flavor as the original thin wafer cookies. You won't have as many flavor options, nor any gluten-free versions in this size. However, a bag of Mini Waffles will probably empty faster than you expect on a hike or at home. Whether to go large or mini comes down to personal preference and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
The Crafty Weka Bar The Original

This bar is great for a snack on the go, and can even replace breakfast! It keeps me full for hours. It's also great to put in smoothies. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a clean, NZ-made snack bar. These bars taste incredible and the taste and texture varies depending on what flavour you get! Currently my favourite is date and orange.  No prep required, just buy with your groceries and you're good to go. Easy to chuck in a backpack for long walks or bike rides.  This bar satisfies my… Full review